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Valencia coach Rafael Benitez was a frustrated man after his side suffered a 1-0 defeat to Inter Milan in their Champions League quarterfinal, first-leg tie on Wednesday.

A header from Christian Vieri in the 14th minute was all that separated the two teams, both forced to play with ten men after the 57th minute sending off of Inter's Emre Belozoglu and David Albelda of Valencia, but Benitez said he had expected a more adventurous approach from the Italians.

"We created a lot of chances but we weren't able to score. The problem was that they were able to get an early goal and then they could play the way that they like -- defending and trying to play on the counter-attack," said Benitez.

"I expected a bit more from Inter than closing up like that but of course it was up to us then to try and change the game around and we weren't able to do it. I can't say I am satisfied because I always want to win but we are still in with a chance of going through" added the Spanish coach.
A single goal advantage for Inter leaves the tie still very much up for grabs but Benitez wouldn't be drawn on what to expect in the return game on April 22.


Inter have never matched their rivals for entertainment, but coach Hector Cuper, who took Spain's Valencia to two successive Champions League finals before moving to the San Siro, has instilled a level of aggression rarely seen in Italian teams.

Cuper's team have enjoyed their best moments when forced to fight -- scrapping it out with Newcastle United in their second phase match and, decimated by injuries, battling for a result against Bayer Leverkusen in their final second round game.
Those qualities were shown in abundance again on Tuesday as they hung on for a result at Valencia to make their first semifinal in Europe's premier competition for 22 years.

Inter progressed thanks to the away goals rule despite being outclassed 2-1 at Valencia.

"Inter reached the semifinals of the Champions League using weapons it thought it had buried forever," the paper continued.

"Valencia was superior in every department. Goal chances, shots on goal, possession. It was a siege.

"Inter owes its passage [to the semifinals] to its goalkeeper Francesco Toldo, who pulled off one, two, five prodigious saves."

The defensive style of play, however, did not impress Valencia coach Rafael Benitez.

"We were better than Inter in both games. If all sides played like them then football could disappear," he told reporters after the match.

"The stadiums would be empty because nobody would come and pay to watch that kind of display. They are the death of football." :D :D

Inter, through to the last four of the European Cup for the first time in 22 years, will meet city rival AC Milan, which beat Ajax Amsterdam in its quarterfinal Wednesday, in the semifinals.

Toldo savors moment as Inter's hero


MILAN (Reuters) -- "Goalkeepers are crazy" goes the saying and for a moment during Tuesday's Champions League quarterfinal triumph in Valencia, Inter Milan keeper Francesco Toldo certainly looked to be reaching the limits of sanity.

The image of Toldo's angry confrontation with team mate Luigi Di Biagio, almost pulling the shirt off the back of one of Italian football's genuine 'hard men' after the midfielder had grabbed his neck, featured heavily in the Italian media on Wednesday.

It was a moment that encapsulated the high tension that had accompanied Inter's 2-1 defeat to the Spaniards -- a result which was enough to put them into the semifinals on away goals.

But what made Toldo the real hero of Inter's battling rearguard display was a series of outstanding saves as he almost single-handedly foiled Valencia's ceaseless attacks.

Toldo was quick to play down the incident with Di Biagio, citing it merely as proof of the determination the Italian side had shown to make it into the last four in the competition for the first time in 22 years.

"I'm very sorry about what happened, but it was just a moment of competitive tension. We are great mates and we cleared things up immediately and everything's fine now," Toldo told the club's Web site.

Di Biagio concurred: "From the outside it's seen as something that shouldn't occur between team-mates and that is right but I see it as a demonstration of the indomitable character of Inter players.

"It would have been worse had there been apathy or resignation. There's no problem between me and Francesco," said the midfielder.
Certainly there was no sign of the square-up having harmed Toldo's concentration on the game -- he made around a dozen key stops, including a stunning save from a fierce volley by Ruben Baraja.



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Btw I never knew he took part in the scudetto ceremony, ****ing classy act! :star:
 

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Nice gesture by Oba. Too bad he doesn't really cut it on the pitch (yet?) :(
 

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From the top of my head I would say Matthaeus, Klinsmann, Berti, Begomi, Brehme, Zenga, Moriero, Djorkaeff, Ruben Sosa, Cuperman and Oba although I believe it was right to sell him.
 

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^^^^

True. Oba is suited for England much more than Italy, but I still miss him. Nice to hear he stopped over in Milano and watch the celebrations too. :star:

Also miss Karagounis. I still remember his game against Benfica where he was MoM and got a huge applause from the crowd when he came off. Hard-worker and never complained about his lack of playing time. I think lots of people were fond of him and still are.
 

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From the top of my head I would say Matthaeus, Klinsmann, Berti, Begomi, Brehme, Zenga, Moriero, Djorkaeff, Ruben Sosa, Cuperman and Oba although I believe it was right to sell him.

hehehehehee....

Whom I miss from Inter?? Paul Ince...the last english player I really liked and the last decent english 6.

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hehehehehee....

Whom I miss from Inter?? Paul Ince...the last english player I really liked and the last decent english 6.
A true lion in the middle of the park - apparantly a fav of Moratti as well. He left us too soon though...
 

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hehehehehee....

Whom I miss from Inter?? Paul Ince...the last english player I really liked and the last decent english 6.

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Though I've never watched his match, old fans around repeatedly tell me how great Ince really are.
 

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I miss Cuper and Oba the most, it doesn't seem the same without Scarpini screaming Oba oba oba oba obagol obagol ayeayeaye, for 5 minutes straight.
When I started watching Inter I realy liked di biagio, djorkaeff, simeone, ronaldo (steups, not anymore). I really miss karagounis too, and I think he would fit into this team even now, much more than Solari and Mariano combined, cuz he could play in every midfield position.

To digress, I wish we play against Benitez now, and play them off the field ... again. We could play Cruz because he is good at "basketball".
 

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The king!

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i had no idea oba oba was at the ceremony. HIS HEART IS STIL BLACK AND BLUE
 

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A true lion in the middle of the park - apparantly a fav of Moratti as well. He left us too soon though...

it was indeed a pity he left you for liverpool only after 2 years..

but as you said..his heart and everything, simply an amazing player.
 

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Zamorano for the most!!
hes the one I first saw in Inter shirt and thatz when i start liking Inter
definitely miss him and hope he will come back for us as coaching or scout or anything
 

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djorkaeff, karagounis, pagliuca, emre, VDM, gresko, vieri, and the old (or young?) adriano..
 

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Ronaldo brought me into INTER..:cry: But i am still here :D :D

I dont think Cuper job is good with inter.. what? we are feared in C.L..

OMG.. i always fall asleep during those days.. very boring game always...

I can give a description of what we are during those days.. we are the small club vs big guns in C.L.. the play is exactly like as if Ascoli vs Milan (we are the ascoli.. defend all the time and wait for one good chance)

Anyway.. my miss is Oba Oba..
 

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I miss martins so much we should buy him back by sell ing recoba or adriano to newcastle
 
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